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Thank you, Farfallina. Interesting to note that my local Odeon's "culture" leaflet now includes that performance, plus a few NDT ones (and other arts events). Perhaps Odeon are starting to break Picturehouses' virtual stranglehold on the "foreign" broadcasts.

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Cinemas seem to start noticing that their is a "market" for these transmissions. In our cinema the Bolshoi is always almost sold out. I love their live transmissions - I think Katerina Novikova presents it in such a charming way - I just wish they would finally interview Filin during the break :rolleyes:

I wonder how they decide who will dance the live transmissions - must be at least the third time in a row that Skvortsov is on...

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Interesting that you say Pharoah's daughter is in the Odeon's 'Culture' leaflet Alison. I have Culture Plus saved as a favourite and there is no mention of it there yet. However, I noticed last year they broadcast Esmerelda at very short notice and also this year they advertised la Sylphide also at short notice and at a very few cinemas (none that close to Preston where I live). I have raised the issue of Bolshoi broadcasts several times with Preston Odeon as we get quite good ballet audiences considering they only started broadcasting them this year. I pointed out the discrepancy between opera shown at the Odeon (many by Glydebourne and the Met) and even the ROH film twice as many operas as ballets. I was told the decision is taken by the distributor not by them. So I will keep checking Culture Plus and hope this time they will show Pharoah's Daughter somewhere local. Joan

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I see the Odeon has announced its cinemas showing Pharoah's daughter. They are Blackpool, Braehead, Colchester, Covent Garden, Guilford, Hatfield, Kensington, Milton Keynes, Salisbury and Wimbledon. Rather an odd selection but great for me that Blackpool is the only Odeon cinema in the north of England showing it. I know other cinemas show the Bolshoi but it means travelling to Liverpool or Lancaster so I hope they continue showing them, especially Don Q. I'm dying to see that again. Joan

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Thanks, Joan. I was about to say that it was definitely showing in their "Culture" brochure, but there were no dates when I checked the other day. May have to brave Wimbledon (via IKEA) on a Sunday ...

Yes, the cinemas showing Pharoah's Daugher have just appeared in the last few days. A very select few though, so I am waiting to see whether they will add more. Pretty poor pickings for us here in the west country for example. Does anyone else share my frustration at the Odeon chain in particular? No one ever seems to know what is going to be shown or what is going on. It doesn't matter who you contact or how, neither the local cinema itself or guest services ever seem to able to tell you what is coming. All I get is a meanless answer, telling me to watch the website which is something I could work out for myself. I gather that is is the distrbutors who decide what is shown where, not the cinemas themselves, but I don't know how they make their decisions or how you can contact them. You just feel voiceless and helpless

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I saw the Bolshoi's Nutcracker today. It was quite similar to the RB's in many ways but there was no SPF and the Clara character (Marie - Nina Kaptsova) danced the SPF's dances with the Nutcracker prince (Artem Ovcharenko). They made a handsome couple. The Nutcracker doll was played by another smaller dancer (possibly a woman) who was carried about by Drosselmeyer (Denis Savin). The party scene was not as sumptious as the RB's and the transformation scene was not quite as dramatic IMO. The snowflakes were really lovely and were probably thr highlight for me. They whirled about against a lovely snowy backdrop which cleverly included a frosty Christmas tree with toys around it which looked exactly like the one in the Stahlbaums' living room. The big pdd for Marie and the Nutcracker prince was not quite as affecting as the RB's which I really love. I wasn't particularly keen on the national dances. I found the costumes rather gaudy and some of the choreography a bit dull. The Mirltons dance was danced by a man and a woman in what looked to me like 18th century costumes, accompanied by a toy sheep on wheels. I found that a bit twee. All the dancing was very good, as you would expect. Nina Kaptsova had some incredibly intricate footwork in places which she executed at breathtaking speed. I'm glad that I went to see this cinema relay although the start was delayed by at least 20 minutes because the cinema started to play the wrong Nutcracker (the RB's) and then we had to move to a different screen!

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I see the Odeon Culture plus have announced their locations for their screening of the Bolshoi Bayadere on Sunday January 27th. At the moment they are; Basingstoke, Blackpool, Braehead, Colchester, Covent garden, Guilford, Harrogate, Hatfield, Kensington, Kettering, Lincoln, Maidenhead, Milton Keynes,Salisbury, Taunton, Whiteleys, and Wimbledon. if it is anything like The Pharoah's daughter other venues may get added later. From a personal point of view I'm very pleased and relieved to see Blackpool still on the list, despite there being only a handful of people attending Pharoah' Daughter there. I'm surprised they don't show it at Preston where I attended the RB Nutcracker and there seemed to be about 100 people in the audience. I wish someone would publicise these screenings more. I'm sure they'd get better audiences if people knew they were being shown.

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I see the Odeon Culture plus have announced their locations for their screening of the Bolshoi Bayadere on Sunday January 27th. At the moment they are; Basingstoke, Blackpool, Braehead, Colchester, Covent garden, Guilford, Harrogate, Hatfield, Kensington, Kettering, Lincoln, Maidenhead, Milton Keynes,Salisbury, Taunton, Whiteleys, and Wimbledon. if it is anything like The Pharoah's daughter other venues may get added later. From a personal point of view I'm very pleased and relieved to see Blackpool still on the list, despite there being only a handful of people attending Pharoah' Daughter there. I'm surprised they don't show it at Preston where I attended the RB Nutcracker and there seemed to be about 100 people in the audience. I wish someone would publicise these screenings more. I'm sure they'd get better audiences if people knew they were being shown.

 

Thank you bringing this to my attention. To my delight my local Odeon are showing a Bolshoi transmission for the first time. I did think that no one was listening to me but perhaps they are after all. The RB transmissions are now always virtually sold out so I am hoping this will be equally popular. It was not of course on their Culture leaflet which they gave out at the start of the season so let's hope the good old word of mouth works once again

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I picked up my tickets from Watford Palace yesterday - they are showing the Bolshoi La Bayadere live on Sun 27th Jan at 3:00 pm and As live Don Q on Sun 10th Feb at 7:30 pm - lucky I registered the time of DQ else I would have turned up at 3:00 !!

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For anyone who may have missed this morning's Links, Pia Catton of the Wall Street Journal saw the RB Nutcracker live at the ROH on 13 December and then, again, as a HD Cinema screening back in New York some 10 days later. She compares the pluses and minuses of the two experiences here:

 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323820104578211783270850290.html

 

Has anyone else been able to make a similar comparison?

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Oops, sorry, Ian - looks as though all great minds think alike :)

 

It looks to me as though the UK and European showings have all been simulcasts, or only slightly delayed, which makes things difficult, but clearly in the USA and other farther-flung parts of the world there is a significant lag in the showings, so perhaps we'll be lucky and find someone who's seen both :)

 

Come to think of it, I was there for the Mayerling which was recorded for later broadcast a few years ago, and did later see it in the cinema, but I don't remember if I reported on it at the time, and can't remember all the details now.

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Just back from a few days in Brighton and Dukes now have another venue above the Komedia Club in the North Laines - it is very small, less than 100 seats, and extremely comfortable. They are advertising the two Bolshoi productions, La Bayadere live on Sun 27th Jan at 3:00 pm and As live Don Q on Sun 10th Feb at 3:00 pm.

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Forget the cost of ballet .... Has anyone seen yet that the current price for the Metropolitan Opera LIVE opera performances has risen to £30 per seat ..... That is a substantive leap. Still I see that the Parsifal at the Ritzy is almost already entirely full. There is obviously no lack of demand so, who knows, the prices may well increase again in the future.

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Isn't it "only" £5? The ballet ones (I'm assuming you're talking about Picturehouse here) also went up by £5 at the beginning of the season, but in that case it's a 1/3 increase, which is even worse.

 

Try the Odeons - they can be cheaper.

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Just back from a few days in Brighton and Dukes now have another venue above the Komedia Club in the North Laines - it is very small, less than 100 seats, and extremely comfortable. They are advertising the two Bolshoi productions, La Bayadere live on Sun 27th Jan at 3:00 pm and As live Don Q on Sun 10th Feb at 3:00 pm.

 

Thanks for this, sounds better for me than the Duke of Yorks, only need 1 bus journey, cheaper too, still hate turning out on a Sunday afternoon though even for the Bolshoi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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